Saturday, February 13, 2016

Believe: Growing Your Own Food

Today's Believe installment is about growing your own food. It's the first step to independence, time with nature, exercise, healthy mind and body therapy, nutrients, and peace.

My garden is on a patio and it is awesome! I grow from October to May here in the desert climate. I use raised growing containers and pots. 

What do I grow? Tomatoes, aloe, beets, Daikon radishes, white turnips, broccoli, two kinds of carrots, celery, peas, two kinds of kale, three kinds of lettuces, tons of herbs. 

The greens from the beets, carrots, and turnips can all be eaten too - and I put them in salads, sometimes in juices. 

Growing celery is easy. Buy an entire bunch of ORGANIC celery. Cut the stalks off, but leave the bottom stump. Put that stump in a bowl of warm water in a window for about week until little greens start sprouting up in the center. Now, plant that stump into some soil up the edges of the cut areas so only the new greens stick out of the ground. Voila!

I use only organic soil, fertilizer, heirloom organic seeds. The fact is, this food is fresh and it tastes like how it is supposed to taste!  You know how at the store, the produce looks good, but has no taste, well eating "live" food is a truly amazing experience and the heirloom varieties have the genuine tastes. Try red carrots, black tomatoes, mixed color beets, and explore all these fun flavors! The more color - the more nutrients.

When it's really hot outside here in the desert, I simply grow in pots on a table in front of the window. I keep my herbs going so I can enjoy them in the summertime when I make things like this - 

Caribbean Salsa (great on tacos, blackened ahi tuna or chicken, or on salads).

There are some very creative ideas for making raised gardens that are easy to work with and to keep weeds out of  -

I hope this has inspired you to think about the earth, the sun, photosynthesis, nutrients, and the pleasure of growing. It is therapeutic, meditative, and gives you time to be thankful for the miracle of growing your own food from seed.

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